The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1923
Harrington, C. L.
Wisconsin parks, pp. -63 ff. PDF (4.0 MB)
WISCONSIN PARKS C. L. HARINGTON Of the Conservation Commission W ISCONSIN with its thirty-seven hundred lakes, its ten thousand rivers and streams, its forests and its rolling prairies, its moun- tainous hills and fertile valleys, is becoming the great playground of the Northwest. Early home of a fast disappearing race, the native Americans. Full of historic interest through the visits of the early French Jesuits and explorers, who came to this country even before Plymouth Colony was fourteen years old, before Philadelphia was settled by William Penn, or Charleston, S. C., was begun. It is no wonder that travelers throng here in ever increasing numbers each year. Under the supervision of the State Conservation Commission some twelve thousand three hundred and fifty-three acres of forest and lakes, moun- tains and valleys, have been set aside into eight state parks where !the natural beauty of the primeval days will be preserved for future genera- tions to enjoy. Aside from these eight parks there are many C. L. HARRI -.2TON other tracts of land owned by individual societies or associations, which are really part of Wisconsin's great park system, and ultimately ;.ill come under direct state control. Within these preserves the wild game of the state find safe refuge and every pre- caution is taken to r3tain the natural beauties for which these tracts have been selected anu still make them accessible and enjoyable for the visitors. These playgrounds are lcoated in different parts of the state and easily reached by the public. They are replete in beauty and natural wildness, showing only the work o the hand of man in preserving them and the installation of some modern conveniences for visitors. In many, camping parties can secure tracts for summer homes or weekly outings and the following descriptions will give but a meager idea of their real beauty and worth to the state. In years to come their value cannot be estimated in dollars and cents but today, they are a monu- ment to the foresight of the state in !seeking the best interests of its citizenfs. DEVIL'S LAKE PARK Devil's Lake State Park is located about three miles south of the city of Baraboo, in Sauk county. Within this park are 1,400 acres of land purchased by the state in order to preserve the great natural
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